Pizza Hut offered a pizza a week for 30 years or more than $15,000 to anyone who would pose the pizza-centric question “Sausage or pepperoni?” during Tuesday’s presidential debate. But the promotion has been panned — and we’re not talking pan-style pizza — and so the company has backed off.
Debate No. 2 between President Obama and Mitt Romney will be a town-hall-type affair with questions posed by members of the audience at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. After encouraging a questioner to, as Gawker put it, “embarrass themselves on live television before the president of the United States and millions of their fellow Americans” and receiving other criticism — such as from Stephen Colbert — for the stunt, Pizza Hut instead has refocused the promotion on its website. Pizza Hut said it will choose a winner from among those who enter the contest on the site.
A Pizza Hut spokesman said the change was a “natural progression of the campaign” because more people “wished they could get in on it.”
However, the company also said it will honor its original offer if someone does indeed ask the meaty question Tuesday.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.